March
30
Filed Under (Geekspeak) by Justin on 2006-03-30

Cable company Comcast has upped their customers bandwidth to 16Mbps downstream and full 1Mbps upstream in order to compete with Verizon’s FiOS package. I can only dream that Time Warner/RoadRunner would do something similar down here in North Carolina since they have no competition in the area except for DSL. I was in heaven last year whenever they upped us to a 6Mbps downstream, but our measley 256Kbps upstream just hurts my feelings everytime I try to push a file out of my house to some remote destination. I rant constantly to folks about our “slow” downstream on our T-1 at work (only about 1Mbit) but it is rock-solid and also has excellent upstream speeds. I’ve gotten to the point that whenever I need to upload a large file, I just wait til I’m at work.

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March
30
Filed Under (Sports) by Justin on 2006-03-30

Tarheel Blue is reporting that Hansbrough Will Return For Sophomore Season. I’m glad we can finally put down the few rumors that he would be leaving us after his fantastic freshman season to go pro.

“I never really considered leaving for the NBA after this season,” says Hansbrough. “However, Coach Williams still provided me information he learned from his contacts in the league and after listening to that information I still think it is best for me to come back and be with my teammates again and hopefully have another fantastic season. The NBA is definitely a goal of mine down the line but right now I am enjoying college a great deal and feel I can improve in every phase of my game. I enjoy school, my teammates and being part of the Carolina Basketball program.”

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“I visited with Tyler, as well as his mom and his dad, to give them information I had gathered from NBA people,” says Williams. “I asked Tyler to tell me what he wanted to do. He stated he easily wanted to stay in school and felt he could improve as a player. I agreed with that, but at the same time I wanted him to know he would definitely be a No. 1 draft choice this year and I wanted him to do what he wanted to do. His mom and dad completely support his decision. We are looking forward to having him be part of our team next year. It’s always important for us to do what is best for the individual off the court and that is why I shared with him the information I collected.”

He’s not just a good basketball player, he’s got a good head on his shoulders too. A guy with that much love for the game and enough brains to know he needs to stay in school might not belong in the NBA.

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March
30
Filed Under (Sports) by Justin on 2006-03-30

This is terrible news for Steve Smith, but the NFL voted yesterday and put some rules in place to help curtail end zone celebrations a bit.

Players scoring a touchdown will be allowed to still celebrate, but basically only in more “traditional” style, such as dunking the goal post or spinning the ball. One of the main changes is that props are no longer allowed. I’ve been sitting here about 10 minutes trying to replay all the Steve Smith end-zone dances I saw this past season and I don’t think that too many of his will be affected by the new rules. Brandon told me once that Smith had to get all of his celebrations pre-approved anyway – by his wife – so I’m sure his creativity will pull through and provide us with another entertaining season in the end-zone.

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March
29
Filed Under (Geekspeak) by Justin on 2006-03-29

Matt Drudge has linked to an article on Breitbart.com regarding an alleged rape committed by Duke’s lacrosse team.

Duke University’s highly ranked lacrosse team will not play again this season until school administrators learn more about allegations that several team members raped an exotic dancer at an off-campus party, the school said Tuesday.

The full story is here.

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March
29
Filed Under (Humor, Stuff) by Justin on 2006-03-29

A friend forwarded me an email and about half of them reminded me of my my darling, Yankee wife so I thought I’d post the entire thing here for my in-laws. They’ll probably find all 42 reasons even funner than I did.

You know you’re from NOO JOISEY if:
1. You’ve been seriously injured at Action Park.
2. You don’t think of citrus when people mention “The Oranges”.
3. You know that it’s called Great Adventure, not Six Flags.
4. You’ve ordered a hard roll with butter for breakfast.
5. You’ve known the way to Seaside Heights since you were seven.
6. You’ve eaten at a diner, when you were stoned or drunk, at 3 a.m.
7. You remember that the “Two Guys” were from Harrison.
8. You know that the state isn’t one big oil refinery.
9. At least three people in your family still love Bruce Springsteen and you know what town Jon Bon Jovi is from.
10. You know what a “jug handle” is.
11. You know that a WaWa is a convenience store.
12. You know that the state isn’t all farmland.
13. You know that there are no “beaches” in New Jersey – there’s “The Shore”, and you know that the road to the shore is “The Parkway”, not the “Garden State Highway”.
14. You know that “Piney” isn’t referring to a tree.
15. Even your school cafeteria made good Italian subs. And you call it a “Sub” not a “submarine sandwich” or worse yet, a “hoagie” or a “hero”.
16. You remember the song from the Palisades Park commercials.
17. You know how to properly negotiate a Circle.
18. You knew that the last question had to do with driving.
19. You know that this is the only “New…” state that doesn’t require “New” to identify it (like, try …Mexico, …York, …Hampshire. Doesn’t work, does it?)
20. You only go to New York City for day trips, and you only call it “The City”.
21. You know that a “White Castle” is the name of BOTH a fast food chain AND a fast food sandwich.
22. You consider a corned beef sandwich with lettuce and mayo a sacrilege.
23. In the 80’s, you wore your hair REALLY high.
24. You don’t think “What exit” is very funny.
25. You know that the first “strip shopping center” in the country is Route. 26. You know that people from 609 area code are “a little different”.
27. You know that no respectable New Jerseyan goes to Princeton – that’s for out-of-staters.
28. The Jets-Giants game has started fights at your school or local bar.
29. You live within 20 minutes of at least three different malls.
30. You can see the Manhattan skyline from some part of your town.
31. You refer to all highways and interstates by their numbers.
32. Every year, you had a least one kid in your class named Tony.
33. You know where every “clip” shown in the Sopranos opening credits is.
34. You’ve gotten on the wrong highway trying to get out of the Willowbrook Mall.
35. You’ve been to at least one mall in Paramus.
36. You know that people from North Jersey go to Seaside Heights, and people from South Jersey go to Wildwood. It can’t be the other way around.
37. You were not raised in New Jersey. You were raised in either North Jersey, Central Jersey or South Jersey.
38. You don’t consider Newark or Camden to actually be part of the state.
39. You remember the stores Korvette’s, Rickel’s, Channel, Bamburger’s and Orbach’s.
40. You’ve eaten a Boardwalk cheesteak with vinegar fries.
41. You start planning for Memorial Day weekend in February.
And finally…
42. You’ve never pumped your own gas.

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March
28
Filed Under (Asterisk, Geekspeak) by Justin on 2006-03-28

I’m going to take advantage my semi-decent Google PageRank (6 last time I checked in case you’re wondering) and promote the Asterisk init.d script for SuSE that I found over on the Asterisk bug tracker. Interestingly enough, it says it was included into trunk as of 1.2.1, but I have installed 1.2.6 this morning and don’t see it, so I thought I’d link to it here for when I need it in the future.

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March
27
Filed Under (Sports) by Justin on 2006-03-27

Brandon has already pointed out that I did terrible as usual in my Pick ‘Em. I think it’s a ‘curse of the host’ so next year, I’m gonna force him to set it up. Anyhow, I’m glad to see the both George Mason (who knocked off Carolina) and LSU (who knocked up Duke) both advance to the Final Four. At the very least, it shows that those are two tenacious teams and that their wins over the two big ACC schools weren’t a fluke or necessarily terrible play on the part of the Tarheels or the Blue Devils. I might just have to root for ol’ GM this weekend. Has a number 11 or worse seed ever won a national title?

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March
27
Filed Under (Humor, Politics) by Justin on 2006-03-27

So I saw this when i visited drudgereport.com just a few minutes ago and had to make sure that Brandon got to see it.
Global Warming

For those of you without a keen eye for detail, the final headline doesn’t quite fit with the others now does it? Hmm. Odd.

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